Oct. 11 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Uncertainty and hope surround the upcoming holiday season. Gold trader’s case is now part of the impeachment saga. And should you tell a friend her handmade jewelry is ugly? All below.

 

Could shoppers’ money troubles spoil the holiday?

– NRF predicts “moderate” sales growth.

– Mall vacancy rate is at an eight-year high.

– Some consumers are giving malls a fighting chance.

 

Diamond Producers Association CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr steps down.

– DPA film traces The Diamond Journey.

 

Lightbox’s first retail partners: Bloomingdale’s and Reeds.

– Did Lightbox “create a monster”?

 

Lab-grown diamonds get ready for their eco close-up.

– Can the fashion industry really become carbon-neutral?

 

Antwerp bourse bans lab-grown diamonds.

 

Why the 2019 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender is very, very special.

– CNBC looks at a $3 million pink having “surgery.”

 

“All eyes” on De Beers–Botswana negotiations.

 

Paul Zimnisky: Diamond miners still betting on industry’s future.

 

World Federation of Diamond Bourses tries to a find role in today’s market.

 

Contemporary Jewelry Design Group to dissolve.

 

AUrate is opening two stores in New York City (subscription required).

 

John Hardy’s “revamped” brand strategy (subscription required).

 

Brazil jewelry company gains after its IPO.

 

Does The RealReal have a path to profitability?

 

Why young consumers like secondhand shopping.

 

Tiffany CEO talks about the importance of inclusivity.

 

Fashion’s enduring “mental health epidemic.”

 

Marvin Zale, former Zales vice chairman, dies.

 

Head of Walmart’s U.S. division exits.

 

Alrosa promotes Agureev to deputy CEO.

 

Former head of Alrosa’s flooded mine found dead in custody.

 

Seng Jewelers, currently closed, is facing legal troubles.

 

Two more stores burglarized after power is cut.

 

California law puts new limits on lead, cadmium.

 

Trump sought the release of Turkish gold trader.

 

Groups sue EPA over scrapped pollution limits on Pebble Mine.

 

Tiffany removes ad after Hong Kong controversy.

– Luxury brands scramble to deal with turmoil in Hong Kong (subscription required).

 

Vast Resources signs diamond deal in Zimbabwe.

 

Zimbabwe gold rush shows the need for mining reform.

 

Grace Mugabe fights diamond dealer lawsuit.

 

Amazon workers protest after woman is fired for spending an extra hour with her dying mother-in-law.

 

Soaring gold prices putting off Indian gold buyers.

 

Kendra Scott named Austin, Texas’ best CEO (subscription required).

 

Jewelry brand supports women transitioning out of homelessness.

 

$750,000 worth of jewelry stolen from Tameka “Tiny” Harris’ Lamborghini.

 

“Door knob” engagement ring called “ugliest ever.”

 

4,000-year-old gold necklace found in field with metal detector.

 

1840 shipwreck reveals treasure chest of gold coins.

 

Media Watch

Dear Prudence ponders the question: “Should I tell my friend her handmade jewelry is terrible?”

Vogue India on lab-growns.

 

From the Blog

Lab-Grown Diamonds Get Ready for Their Eco Close-up

 

JCK Podcasts

Episode 5, Guest: Tiffany Stevens

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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